We are kicking off the New Year with a campaign to get people out running this new year. It is mentioned in todays Adam Up (my ezine, in case you are wondering, you can register free for it on virtually every page of this site) and we cannot think of a better way to get this new year off to a flying start!
Whatever you are thinking about running, have a read of one of my favourite running quotes:
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
― John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running
That sums it up. Getting started. Whether you are a seasoned runner, you still have to get out the door. If you are just starting out, having never run before, it takes courage start – we want you to start!
Start off the New Year by gaining the health benefits of running:
Get your heart pumping.
Get your boody moving. it was designed to be mobile!
Breathe clean, fresh air, enjoy being outside.
Studies by authors including Morgan (1985) show that physical activity such as running is associated with general physical and mental well-being. HEre is another favourite quote of mine that I totally relate to:
“I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.”
― Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
Start off the new year by gaining the psychological benefits of running:
Morgan (1985) and Dishman (199) have shown that physical activity such as running reduces depression and anxiety and it is well documented elsewhere also. Positive mood states have been shown in studies to be partly due to active lifestyles.
People who take up running are shown in studies to continue exercising and running (thus gaining the health benefits) for longer into their lives and far fewer runners tend to drift back to sedentary lifestyles.
I know the weather is not the greatest at this time of year for some of us, but to me, that is all part of the joy of embracing life. Yet another of my favourite running quotes:
“I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.”
― Ronald Rook
I agree wholeheartedly, here is a snap of me in the Christmas break, on the very windy seafront, with the rain pouring down so much that it formed what seemed like a waterfall on the peak of my cap! I loved every second of it!
All you need to do is put a pair of trainers on and get outside in the fresh air and run.
Then, if you take a photograph of you out running and send it in to us, or post it in our Hypnosis Hub, or post it on our Facebook page, we’ll send you on one of our new Hypnosis For Running audio tracks that we are releasing next week.
Whether you are a seasoned runner, or whether you are brand new to running, embarking on your first run, come join the fun.
Start off the New Year with a run, send us your photo and we’ll send you on a free hypnosis for running track when we release a new set of audios next week. Enjoy the benefits of running, get this new year of to a running start.
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Dishman, R. K. (1997) The norepinephrine hypothesis. In Morgan, W. P (Ed) Physical activity and mental health. Washington: Taylor and Francis. pp. 199-212.
Dishman, R. K. (1988) Exercise adherence: its impact on public health. Champaign: Human Kinetics Publishing.
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Morgan, W. P. (1999) Psychological outcomes of physical activity. In: Maughan, R. J (Ed) Basic science for sports medicine. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, pp. 237-259.
Great article! I may even start running myself. I do go swimming 3 times a week, and really enjoy that, but I’m lucky to have a great pool complex nearby. Hmm, now where are my running shoes and camera!
Delighted to read that Sue – I look forward to receiving your photo! 🙂